physician-patient privilege

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physician-patient privilege

n. the right of a physician to refuse to testify in a trial or other legal proceeding about any statement made to him/her by a patient, on the basis that any communication between doctor and patient is confidential. A patient could sue the physician for damages if the doctor breaches the confidence by testifying. Of course, in most trials involving injuries the physician will testify with the plaintiff's permission. Note: when the defendant's physician examines the injured plaintiff, the plaintiff has given permission for that examination and potential testimony, so a plaintiff must be cautious in making statements. (See: confidential communication, privilege)

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We've come to that arrangement on the basis that we need to respect the privacy of the family, we need to adhere to doctor-patient confidentiality," he said.
However, the incident sparked a debate over doctor-patient confidentiality, and how much it is respected in Egypt; as well as the consequences for parliamentarians who lie.
In fact, in Chile there are regulations that challenge doctor-patient confidentiality by requiring health professionals to report women who have had an abortion.
Sadly, the OPHD has chosen to wrap doctor-patient confidentiality in a protective shroud at the expense of actually performing its duty to monitor compliance or abuse.
Adams would not say when and where the surgery was done, citing doctor-patient confidentiality.
Once HIPAA enforcement initiates, those methods will be obsolete as automated solutions will solidify doctor-patient confidentiality.
Benson (above) and Stabler look for loopholes in the rules governing doctor-patient confidentiality as they try to find out why a psychiatrist was beaten and left for dead.
Katherine Garner, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said the original intent of HIPAA was to protect doctor-patient confidentiality and to protect private medical records.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa is refusing to turn over the names, but a judge has upheld the subpoena on the grounds that pregnancy tests are not covered by doctor-patient confidentiality since nonmedical personnel can perform them.
I'll say yes and leave it at that,'' Patterson said, citing doctor-patient confidentiality as the reason for his vagueness.
They think it affects doctor-patient confidentiality.